Three examples of government waste or fraud

I am a small business man and every time I hear stories of government
waste or fraud it rubs me the wrong way. All of us have probably seen
personally cases of this happen. As bad as things are in the USA
today we can no longer afford waste, fraud or abuse.

Let me preface this article by saying that I do not want to get any
individual, company, or government entity in trouble with this
article. I have personal knowledge of the examples shown in this
article but as to not tell the identity of the persons involved I
will just say ‘someone I know’.

The first example I wish to give regards the elderly mother of ‘someone I
know’. This elderly woman fell a few months back and was taken to a
hospital about two miles away. Medicare paid the ambulance to take
her there. After she was treated for her fall she didn’t have a ride
back to her rest home so the ambulance company was more than happy to
take her back the two miles. I assume that medicare refused to pay
for this ride so they billed the elderly woman over $1700 for this
two mile ride.  I have no way of knowing what they billed medicare to
take her there but if they billed her over $1700 to take her back we
can only imagine what they charged medicare.

The second example is about the son of ‘someone I know’. This young man
is going to college at a state school. While at school he has been
taking machine shop classes and had become good at doing machinist
work. The dean decided that he was so good that while he is going to
school there he is also now working there when not taking classes.
The school is paying him $85 per hour. Now I ask myself; does a
school need a basically full time machinist?  I guess the answer is
no to my question because for a while when there was not enough work
for this machinist the dean decided that he would like to have a
beryllium chess set made for his office, the metal provided by the
school. I didn’t even know what this metal was so I had to look it up
and find that it is some kind of expensive metal used in aerospace
etc.  The story now takes a turn that even I couldn’t believe. Now
this student/employee of the university has received a full
scholarship to pay for all of his education. It even gets better; he
was also given a three bedroom house to live in free of charge as
long as he goes to school. This whole thing makes me sick! It is no
wonder that students today cannot afford ever higher tuition costs
with waste like this going on.

The third example hits very close to home for me since I sell vending
for a living. The state I live in has a program to help
disabled people earn a living by buying them vending machines and
putting them in public buildings. I was told it is funded by a
combination of state and federal funding but I don’t know that for
sure because the details are kind of fuzzy and they don’t want to
talk much about it. This program used to buy new machines every seven
years, regular as clockwork. When they would buy these new machines
they would auction off the old machines, in a sealed bid process
right at the facility where they were located. I used to go to these
auctions on a regular basis, sometimes I would win the bids,
sometimes not. On the days when I was lucky enough to win the bids I
would spend up to $10,000 on used machines at one time.  The ways the
state handles in now is unbelievable. Now they buy new machines here
and there on a non regular basis and here is the best part; they pay
their current servicemen to send these machines to scrap metal. Yes
you heard me right, ‘they pay them’ to haul them to scrap metal and
the servicemen also get the scrap money. I have contacted the people
in charge of this program about buying the machines that they
currently send to scrap. On one occasion I offered $4,000 for
machines that were going to be scraped in one load. I was told that
they cannot sell them to me, that they would have to be auctioned off
and that would be ‘too much trouble and paperwork’. So there we have
another example of government waste. I am willing to buy machines
from the state but it is ‘easier’ for them to pay someone to take
them to scrap metal, a lose, lose for them and for the taxpayers that
I am sure pay to support this program.

The bottom line is this is not about politics. Waste and fraud like the
examples I have given above hurt every American, regardless of the
political party that you belong to. I am just one businessman,
taxpayer that knows these three examples personally. I am sure that
all across the USA there are millions of people just like me that
know examples like these. If you do the math, the numbers are
staggering.  For what is worth, just one taxpayers opinion.


9 thoughts on “Three examples of government waste or fraud

  1. When you consider all the talk by politicians on both sides of the aisle; you tend to wonder just how truly concerned they are about economic stimulus, generating jobs, recycling, going green. Considering what we do in our industry; we at least appear to be doing our part. We repair, recondition, and put used machines back to work; we provide jobs for that purpose; we stimulate the economy by exciting people to start and operate their businesses; we follow guidelines to prevent polluting our enviroment;

    How many times have we heard about the nation recognizing that small business together,provide the most jobs and opportunity. It would help if the government had less of a stranglehold on everything we do, and truly police themselves; what with all the fraud and waste! Many of us are feeling like the “blue collar” of the business world! Do we really matter?

  2. What really scares me is the fact that your examples, as outrageous as they are, aren’t singular. i could give several more examples myself, but that wouldn’t help our cause (would probably depress us even more).

    What’s going on with this country? It’s like there’s a hidden intention to reach national bankruptcy.

  3. How is this possible? Are they just following orders? Everything has a reason but then again, they won’t explain it to us what is really happening. I wish we can do something to stop it. I guess we can only do our good part.

  4. They are completely wasting what we are working hard just to help. I am with you. You are right and there are a lot of more stories out there. How can we ever help our country more?

  5. I know we are all doing our part to help our country. Why are these people wasting everything? I can relate to the story, just like you, Daniel and other people who had experienced these horrifying events. I hope we will still continue doing what is best for our country.

  6. The world needs a lot of changing. This is the worst story I ever heard. Maybe, there are a lot more out there that we didn’t now. That really bothers me. Thanks for posting this so people will be aware.

  7. This is a big wall that we can’t break at all. We see what is happening but even how hard we try we can’t do it alone. This big wall needs a big machine to take it down.

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